New Patient Questions

What the difference between a General Dentist and an Orthodontist?

An Orthodontist is a highly trained specialist who has completed two to three years of training after graduating from dental school. An orthodontist not only straightens teeth but also is interested in the bite, facial profile, and oral growth. Dr. deRoode completed her Orthodontic training at Columbia University in NY and is a Board Certified Orthodontist.

At what age should I take my child to deRoode Orthodontics for an orthodontic evaluation?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a screening at age 7.  We recommend that you have an initial appointment as soon as any problem is evident.  Many orthodontic problems are treated using growth and it is important that we see children before their growing phase.

Can you be too old for braces?


No. If the bone and gum tissue around the teeth are healthy, age is not a factor. About 50% of our patients at deRoode Orthodontics are adults.

How long do you have to wear braces?


That depends a lot on the complexity of your case and how well you comply with the treatment recommendations. The better you are about wearing and taking care of your braces, the sooner your teeth will improve.  The average treatment time is around 24 months. Complicated cases can take longer, simple cases shorter.


What is the cost of orthodontic treatment?

One of the first questions people have when considering orthodontic treatment is “How much will it cost?”

During your initial consultation, Dr. deRoode will be able to determine the cost of your treatment. Factors influencing costs include type of treatment, complexity of treatment, duration of treatment and orthodontic insurance coverage.

Treatment costs range between $1800 and $2500 for training braces (ages 6-10) and $4200 to $6000 for comprehensive treatment.

Payment options include affordable monthly payment plans, orthodontic insurance, flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and zero-down Care Credit and Chase Financing.

We accept all major PPO orthodontic insurance including Delta Dental, Aetna, Met Life, Humana, Safeguard, Cigna, and Comp Benefits. Call us and we will be happy to assist you regarding information about your orthodontic insurance policy or how to obtain a policy.

Existing Patient Questions

What do I do in case of an emergency?


Orthodontic emergencies are very rare.  Most problems can be remedied at home, however, if you have a situation you cannot resolve, please call us as soon as possible.


Loose or broken bracket.

Call our office immediately for advice or to schedule an appointment. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.  If needed, place some orthodontic wax over the end of the wire if it is causing irritation.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers to ease the pain.

What foods should I avoid while wearing braces:

  • Foods that require biting into – corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Chewy foods – bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods – caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods – nuts, hard candies

How do I adjust my expander?


The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made.

Step 1: Tip the patient’s head back.

Step 2: Place the provided key in the hole until it is firmly in place.

Step 3: Pushing the key towards the back of the mouth, you will notice the fender will rotate and the new hole will appear. The rotation stops when the key meets the back of the expander.

Step 4: By pushing back and down towards the tongue, remove the key. The next hole for insertion of the key should now be visible.

This video shows the proper way to adjust your expander.

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